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Happy Penkkarit!

Today, being on my way to work by bus, I wondered if seeing the girl dressed in a pink elephant costume in front of me, meant that I didn’t have enough coffee in the morning or if I am slowly going crazy. However, thanks to my Finnish colleagues at the office, I found out that today is a very important day in the life of Finnish High School graduating students – Penkinpainajaiset (shortly, Penkkarit and directly translating, pushing benches).

On this day, students dress up in wild costumes (finally, everyone gets a chance to demonstrate their inner self), get a ride in a truck around the city center, throw candies to the crowd and get more than a little tipsy.

Penkkarit truck drive
Penkkarit truck drive

Some schools have a tradition of creating teams and getting dressed in the same way (would you want to be a part of a bunch of ballerinas?) and some schools prefer being dressed uniquely. Also, coming up with a creative and funny poster to win a competition is a must!

Penkkarit truck with a poster
Penkkarit truck with a poster

While we are enjoying our candies picked up on the streets after Penkkarit, we hope you will enjoy these pictures taken from Tampere.

Happy Penkkarit everyone!


Our Demola Team

Study Advisory UX with Demola

Demola Tampere is located at old cotton factory area called Finlayson in Tampere. Demola locates in premise which is called The New Factory Innovation Center. New Factory was the place where the idea of Demola was launched in 2008. Today Demola is carrying annually around 100 projects. From the 450 students participating, the 40 % is of international background.

At the meeting with Demola Team
At the meeting with Demola Team

Idea of Demola

The main idea about Demola is that company’s approach Demola with a project suggestion they have. After Demola receiving suggestion, they search the right students to the build project team. Students can apply for the certain project and Demola staff decide which students are the best for the projects.

The students consisting the project team have the freedom of approaching the project’s question in their own way. They develop the project in collaboration with the company, while owning the rights to their work. Upon completion, the company can buy the rights from the project team and develop it further. As a result, the companies have licensed 80% of the projects outputs and recruited 15% of Demola students.

Why did Study Advisory approach to Demola?

The need of student recruitment and on-line marketing, among the universities, has been increasing in the past years. In Study Advisory, we want to approach this market need for student perspective with special attention on users’ experience.

Having an idea?

What do students need when they consider their study options? How can they find Study Advisory website easier? When they find it, the question is: How we, at Study Advisory, can be sure the website is attractive and user-friendly for students to spend time there? After they interact with it will they talk about Study Advisory with their networks on-line and also in real life?

Meeting in progress
Meeting in progress


The aim of this Demola Tampere project is to have competitive market advantage, add more user value on our website and increase the amount of visitors and buzz in different media.

For the project we were hoping for a team with skills in various fields to help us to recognize and tackle some our challenges. In the end of the recruiting we have an international team with various skills of expertise, for example students from Germany, UK, Vietnam and Hungary.

The projects has just started. The team is having their first meetings and starting their innovation journey. We are eager to work and be in cooperation with these students and Demola staff and we are very excited to see the final product of this project. More updates about the project along the spring…

Exchange Students Writing Competition 2016

You felt nervous when you stepped in the new campus? You got amazed when you understood a new culture? You felt reluctant when you left from the host University?  That’s right! Join Study Advisory’s writing competition and  win  $500 HKD/$65 USD/$60 EUR by writing us an article about your life of exchange!

Submit your entries on or before
15th February,2017


Cash prize $500 HKD/$65 USD/$60 EUR for the best writer
– The best article will be published on our Facebook and webpage
– The organization the best writer represents can be mentioned
Writing Competition

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Failure in following the below guidelines may lead to disqualification
  2. Entries must be in English
  3. Content should be related to the school life of an exchange student, it can include the school culture, unforgettable experience or any touching stories
  4. Around 400-600 words
  5. The entries should be sent to with a subject  “Exchange Students Writing Competition 2016_Full Name_1st Entry” and  it should be in a .doc or .docx format
    The document must be in the following format:

    Personal Details: (Your full name, name of students’ organization representing (if applicable), pen name (if needed), email address , name of the home university, host university ,year of exchange ,  and how do you know about this contest)
    Brief Introduction: (50-100 words brief introduction of yourself or the place that you have been to exchange)
    Content :

  6. The submission deadline is  15th February 2017. Study Advisory reserves the right to extend the closing date for a reasonable period where an insufficient number of the entries received have satisfied the entry and judging criteria.
  7. Maximum five photos can be included in the article to enrich the content but they will NOT be evaluated
  8. Submitted entries must be original, must be your own work and must not be published on other websites or publications
  9. Open to everyone
  10. Edited to the best of your ability for spelling, grammar and punctuation
  11. Unlimited entries can be submitted per person
  12. The applicant must like our Facebook page and share the page of writing competition (privacy should be set to public )
  13. If you submit materials to us, you agree:
    (1) to grant us a royalty free, worldwide, perpetual license to use, copy, distribute, publish, republish, store, archive, syndicate, sub-license, transmit, adapt, edit, create derivative works from, perform, exercise publicity and copyright rights in relation to such material (including any ideas, concepts or formats) in any manner and in any format and/or media;
    (2) to any moral rights in the material submitted;
    (3) that we may disclose your identity to any third party making any claim or assertion of any kind in relation to your material; and
    In submitting material to us, you warrant that any material you submit:
    (4) is your own original work and that you own the copyright and any other relevant rights;
    (5) is not obscene, threatening, menacing, offensive, defamatory, abusive, in breach of confidence, in breach of any intellectual property right (including, without limitation, copyright) or otherwise in breach of or violates any applicable law or regulation or code, and you shall indemnify us and keep us fully indemnified against any third party liabilities, claims, costs, loss or damage we incur as a result of publishing material you submit to us, including consequential losses.
    We may choose to publish or not publish any material you submit to us and exercise our rights in relation to that material in our absolute discretion.
    We accept no liability for any content submitted by you or other users and third parties. We do not vet or pre-screen any material that you or other users and third parties have submitted to the Site, however we reserve the right to remove, at any time and without reason or prior notice or any liability any material submitted by you or other users and third parties.

Feel free to contact us via sending email at if you have any enquiries.

Study Advisory at Studia 2016!

Dear students in or of Finland, next week on 29th and 30th of November StudyAdvisory participates at Studia fair in Helsinki. Our booth is 5J45 where we will be with our partner university Stenden University Bali.

At the fair, you can meet higher education institutions and agencies from Finland and abroad, as well as employers, associations and more.

Study Advisory at Studia 2016!
Come join us for informal discussions about studying abroad!

Whether you would like to know more about our search engine, a partnership opportunity, a particular country, or about Stenden in Indonesia, we look forward to discussing with you! A quizz is also awaiting motivated attendees every hour from 10 am, so be ready to answer well and fast!

At our booth this year, we will especially be delighted to interact with high school students and current students about the possibilities that are available abroad. High school students have been very much on our mind, and we have visited a few as you will discover in our next blog post.

Study Advisory at Studia 2016!
Stenden University Bali provides the same curricula as in the Netherlands, for the Bachelor of Business Administration or International Hospitality Management, with a year in the Netherlands too.


If you are attending Studia, see you on Tuesday at Messukeskus! A map of the fair can be found here.

Study Advisory is Now Crowdfunding!

Crowdfunding has changed the game for businesses to collectively gain capital from various small sources. Whether you are willing to build a start-up company for your innovation or to get some external money for an existing idea, you should get to know the concept. Mostly known for the possibilities it provides for start-ups, there is a growing portion of mature businesses also exploiting the opportunities of this fast and global capital raising method.

Crowdfunding investments are making our dreams come true.

Crowdfunding In a Nutshell

1. Exploiting networks.

Rather than traditional investment models (such as picking up the briefcase and marching to a bank), crowdfunding relies on stakeholders and the networks of people working for the company. The investor can be anyone: a friend, family member, former colleague or a beginner business angel. Most importantly, it emphasizes on the huge potential of your business networks: small drops of water can quickly create an ocean.

2. Going online.

The raising trend for crowdfunding is to go online via social media and crowd fundraising websites. There is a great variety of options available; Indiegogo, GoFundMe and Kickstarter being some examples of the larger global platforms. Despite the amount of choices, they all work according to same basic rules. They provide the company a page to engage investors with a pitch, usually including a video and other marketing materials for a fixed number of days. The underlining idea is to sell your story and to get more eyes on your fundraising campaign. Don’t be misled, the campaign can also be carried out in traditional ways, such as contacting possible investors via e-mail, personal meetings and newspapers as well.

3. Equity crowdfunding.

There are a few crowdfunding models in existence, but equity-based crowdfunding is growing exponentially. The company provides the contributors an equity share in return for capital, and each individual investor becomes a partial owner of the company. Investors have strong expectations for the future growth of the companies they invest in, to build value and to get a return on their investment.

How To Make a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign?

Building a crowdfunding campaign is an exciting project, but not an easy one: simply putting yourself out there and providing a pitch and video doesn’t really make any good come overnight. You have to be active, reaching out to contacts and media regularly, rallying your campaign in social media and finding new innovative ideas to get as many eyes on your fundraising as possible. Planning the campaign should start as early as possible, and the first days of going public with your crowdfunding will be extremely busy; your eyes merely on your computer screen.

Study Advisory is Now Crowdfunding!

Study Advisory is now proud to announce that the company has launched a crowdfunding campaign. We aim to raise capital to ensure a positive cash flow in the future in order to invest both in research and technical development, as well as to hire new professionals for our sales and marketing team. We are certain that with the help of collective investments, Study Advisory can facilitate its’ growth and ensure that our ultimate vision will come true. There are many small and bigger steps to take, but success already gleams on the horizon.

Our first investor, Miika Kallasoja stated: “I’ve been impressed by the growth and I count on Study Advisory’s future success.”

Study Advisor has launched the crowdfunding campaign online using We have already received our first investments, and we are thrilled for the confidence our new owners have in us.

With crowdfunding we can change the world to ensure better higher education.

Education is changing the world. On a global level, the amount of students studying abroad has more than doubled to 4,5 million between the years of 2000-2011. We are currently providing the world’s largest database of nearly 12,000 universities. We have acknowledged the fact that the majority of students looking for higher education are interested in finding out more information on mid-range institutions, and not only just the top-ranked ones. The Study Advisory Popularity ranking provides a social aspect for students to choose their higher education institution – for most people, this reviewing system is the most meaningful one.

We didn’t set a goal, we set a vision for our crowdfunding campaign. A vision cannot be measured by euros or dollars. Our vision is to raise awareness, connect our networks and spread the idea of our business. We want to help students find the most suitable education options out there, and for universities to find the best student prospects worldwide.

Go ahead and invest in: